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April 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland for an hour Tuesday, but afterward said he was more convinced that the next president - not President Obama - should fill the high court vacancy. Toomey called Garland "impressive" and "likable," but stuck to his argument that Obama should not be able to change the balance of the Supreme Court "for perhaps a generation" when a new president will be chosen in November. And Toomey questioned whether Garland would sufficiently rein in what he sees as executive overreach, particularly when it comes to environmental regulations that he said were hampering agriculture, the coal and natural gas industries, and other businesses in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie plans to nominate former federal prosecutor Walter Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court, a move that could end a years-long stalemate by filling the court's last vacant seat with a Democrat. Joined by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at a Statehouse news conference Monday, the Republican governor said he and Sweeney, who have long battled over the court's composition, had reached a "bipartisan agreement. " "There's no secret that I would have preferred to nominate a Republican, and I did, a number of times," Christie said.
NEWS
April 8, 2016
The freewheeling former Philadelphia Traffic Court, where tickets were fixed for gifts of crab cakes and porn or just to keep political bosses happy, could soon be officially relegated to the history books where it belongs. As voters contemplate whether to abolish a court that brought so little justice and so much embarrassment to the city, they should consider the real justice that was visited upon the court. Traffic Court was so corrupt that a federal jury found four of its judges guilty of lying to a grand jury or the FBI in a sprawling ticket-fixing case.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
By Marge Baker In the last month, Republican senators have mapped out a strategy of total obstruction around the Supreme Court vacancy, flat-out refusing to do the jobs they were elected to do. If they continue along this path, it's hard to imagine that the GOP will not face serious electoral consequences in November. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) shocked many when he said, just hours after Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February, that the Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled by President Obama.
NEWS
April 6, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission has come up empty in its bid to undo a recent, devastating state Supreme Court ruling that curtailed powers it thought it had. The state's top court Monday turned down the SRC's request to reconsider a ruling it handed down in February that said the commission had no power to suspend parts of the state school code. The court said that a provision about special powers in the law that led to the state takeover of the city schools in 2001 was unconstitutional.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Nearly 10 years ago, Delores Killingsworth Barber, then 25 and an employee at a Roosevelt Boulevard Walmart, took the witness stand in a Philadelphia courtroom and told a judge and jury that the retail giant was "stealing our time. " It got worse during the holidays, when, she testified, workers were told to "do whatever it takes to get it done, and if that meant missing your break, that's what had to be done. " Many years and boxes of legal documents later, the workers should be paid for those missed breaks.
NEWS
April 1, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Judicial jousting Touché, obstructionists. Well-played, Supreme Court. It appears that the Supreme Court will use its calendar as its check and balance against the U.S. Senate. Tuesday's 4-4 split over a California woman's lawsuit to strike down mandatory union fees clearly spanked the Republican obstructionists for shirking their duty to vet President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court as required by law ("Vacant seat lets unions prevail," Wednesday)
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Longtime labor leader Henry Nicholas breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday, when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked, thereby retaining public unions' abilities to collect mandatory fees in many states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It was a sigh, but not a deep one. Waiting to exhale might be a better description - for both unions and their management foes, as they shift their focus from the legal landscape to the political. "The next president of the U.S. will appoint four judges for life," said Nicholas, president of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees District 1199C.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
In a surprising twist, Stadium L.L.C.'s application to operate a casino hotel in South Philadelphia was sent back to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday by the state Supreme Court, which said the board must take a closer look at the company's ownership structure. The Gaming Control Board's approval of Stadium's application was appealed by casino operator SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.L.P. and by Market East Associates, which had sought the license to operate a casino in Center City.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd said Tuesday that she had urged the Judicial Conduct Board and the disciplinary board for lawyers to review the emails of every judge and lawyer involved in the Porngate scandal, which has cost two of her colleagues their seats on the high court. Todd confirmed that she requested the reviews after a special counsel for the court reported that Justice J. Michael Eakin had exchanged "offensive, tasteless, insensitive, juvenile, and repugnant" emails, many with fellow judges and lawyers.
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